Strengthening Your Immunity During COVID-19: Nutrition & Natural Supplements

The health of your immune system is more important than its ever been. In the midst of this unprecedented global health crisis, what are some things you can manage to make sure you're safe, healthy and protecting yourself against COVID-19? You can't fix the problems on the world-stage, but you CAN strengthen your defenses against the Coronavirus by doing these simple, yet effective things each and every day.
On October 9, 2020
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Unless you’ve been fortunate enough to be on vacation on a remote island somewhere with no internet or communication with the outside world, this year has undoubtedly been a rollercoaster of emotion, frustration, uncertainty and anxiety.  Everyday since early spring, we have been inundated with daily stats on infections, figures on rising cases and an endless wave of updates on the spread of the worldwide pandemic we call COVID-19.

Some of you reading this article might already be feeling the malaise of “COVID-fatigue” settling in, and we honestly wouldn’t fault you for feeling this way.

Strengthening Your Immunity During COVID-19: Nutrition & Natural Supplements

While information is critical to successfully halting the spread of this unprecedented virus, a growing number of people across the globe are experiencing COVID-fatigue – feeling overwhelmed or like you’ve processed too much information about one subject for an extended period of time.  This phenomenon is not a serious medical condition like the virus itself, but the fact remains that many of us feel overburdened with the constant ebb-and-flow of COVID-19 news.

Instead of shutting out all the latest information about COVID-19, what can you do to stay positive and healthy amid such unyielding chaos & confusion?

In the face of a modern world rife with unfathomable uncertainty, there are steps you can take to keep yourself safe AND happy.  Step one is to make sure you’re staying positive, and there are many ways to sustain good mental health.  Staying active, spending time with those you love (no matter what capacity that might be), and keeping busy continue to be important as we push towards a return to normalcy.  What we can do to maintain a sense of ‘normal life’ is constantly evolving these days, but even if you have to do Zoom-yoga or play cards over Skype there are so many ways you can still do what you love, with who you love.

It might sound obvious to some, but keeping your immune system healthy is essential to protecting you from this debilitating virus.  Whether this is a given or not, do you know what to do to strengthen immunity? We’ve covered the intangibles like staying positive and keeping busy with things that bring you joy, but what about your food?

Healthy immune system diets are a dime-a-dozen, and their success/failure depends on your unique health & fitness circumstances.  When it comes to being fit and looking the way you want, certain diets work wonders for some, while other people struggle for years even with help from the best dietitians or nutritionists.  How you look & feel are one thing, but how healthy you are in relation to your diet is another. 

Do you consider yourself a healthy person? Is Paleo the way to go? Are you a forward-thinking vegan or vegetarian? Have you tried the latest Keto trends? There are almost as many diets as there are products with dairy in them, and depending on who you ask all-or-none of them might just be the best/worst thing for you.

It’s easy to see why many of us get caught up in the swirling vortex of “optimized nutrition” in our pursuit of personal health & wellness.  Many of these health trends offer a lot of value, but there’s no way you can try them all in one lifetime. Furthermore, this wouldn’t be a smart idea, because diets are only as effective as how well they suit your health, fitness and sometimes your genetics.

We’ve just started to scratch the surface of what it means to have a healthy diet, and we haven’t even mentioned a major part of modern nutrition: supplements.

Taking all of this into context, there’s no easy way to achieve the perfect balance of nutrition, exercise and quality of life.  Nevertheless, there is a lot you can do to optimize your daily intake of nutrition & health supplements for both short- and long-term success.  COVID-19 might be one of the most prevalent factors in most of our lives today – whether we want to admit it or not – but it doesn’t have to impact you personally. If you take the necessary steps to strengthen immunity today, you might set yourself up for a happier, healthier tomorrow – Coronavirus be damned!

What are some of the best diets for your immune system? Are there vitamins to fight infections that you can include in your daily routine? Let’s look at the broad spectrum of immune boosting diets and review what vitamins are good for immune systems.  COVID-19 might still be rampaging across the globe – and continuing to dominate your TV & newsfeeds – but you can strengthen your defenses in simple ways to reduce your risks of succumbing to this nasty virus.

Put on your favorite workout clothes, but also bring your chef’s hat, because we’re going on a run through the vibrant world of immunity diets.

HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEMS & DIETS

WHAT YOU MIGHT BE DOING WRONG & WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT

When it comes to dieting and getting the right kinds of nutrition in your body, the name of the game is BALANCE.  We’ve all heard the a-typical phrases before: “Eat your fruits & veggies”… “Everything in moderation”… “Too much of anything is never a good thing”.  In the age of convenience we currently inhabit, accessing the good stuff we’re supposed to be eating/drinking can be easy, but juggling these with all the bad stuff is where it gets tricky.  Fast foods, caffeine, alcohol and all the sugary/salty snacks & treats you could ever want are available almost anytime, anywhere.

What’s more, it’s a lot more cost-friendly to eat unhealthy foods than it is to eat/drink what’s good for you. 

It’s more convenient and definitely cheaper to eat unhealthy, so it’s no wonder why about 75% of Americans exhibit insufficient intake of fruits, vegetables and essential nutrients like healthy oils[1].  Because diets are very individually dependent and variable, there’s no simple “one diet suits all” option. Instead of telling you “the #1 best diet for immune system boosts”, we want to provide you with a number of options to improve your diet, because in the end it’s your choice what you put into your body.

‘You are what you eat’ is a cutesy phrase most of the time, but right now it’s the meatiest, tastiest and most important serving you need to optimize your nutrition, and therefore your health & wellbeing.

When you’re looking for healthy immune system diets, it’s all about quality over quantity. There are 7 major qualitative practices you can implement in your day-to-day that won’t require much more than a little self-control and planning. With these in mind, let’s review some of the simple-but-effect ways you can improve your immunity through good eating habits.

[1] https://health.gov/our-work/food-nutrition/2015-2020-dietary-guidelines/guidelines/chapter-2/current-eating-patterns-in-the-united-states/

Healthy Immune Systems & Diets

7 Healthy Eating Practices to Improve Your Immunity

1. Balance your fruits, vegetables & everything else

Eating a healthy balance of fruits & veggies doesn’t just mean eating them each and every day – what’s more prevalent these days is which fruits and vegetables you’re consuming, and why.  Fruits & vegetables that are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Beta Carotene and Zinc are the most directly beneficial to boosting your immunity.  Some well-known candidates like oranges, red peppers, broccoli, lemons, strawberries and many more contain the essential vitamins & minerals your body needs to support a healthy immune system. That being said, there are many others like chaga mushrooms, garlic, nuts and seeds that can provide enriching oils, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, so don’t just reach for the obvious citrus fruits.

Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables are important for reducing oxidative stress, strengthening disease-fighting cells and helping your body prevent viruses & infections.  Vitamin D, Beta Carotene and Zinc are just as important as Vitamin C, so don’t overlook foods that are rich in these important nutrients.  Nuts, including dairy-alternative beverages, seeds like hemp, pumpkin and sesame, and others like beans & lentils are also great sources of these beneficial vitamins and antioxidants as well.

Balance your fruits, vegetables & everything else

Remembering to eat all of these immunity boosting foods might seem complicated at first, but if you sneak these kinds of fruits, veggies, nuts & seeds into your snacks throughout the day it can be much easier than drastically changing your meal habits.  Instead of munching on chips, reach for some veggies and hummus. Next time you need a sweet-fix, cut up some strawberries and bananas. Feel hungry but you’ve already just eaten lunch? Some trail mix or homemade granola can tie you over and provide some much needed protein/energy until dinner time.

Remember, the key to improving your body’s ability to fight off disease and sickness is to eat a balance of these beneficial foods.  Don’t eat too many or too little fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds and you’ll set yourself up for a strong immune system.

2. Don’t forget about whole grains!

Whole grains aren’t just important for digestion and healthy bowel movements.  It might seem strange to say “whole grain cereals and carbohydrates can support strong immunity”, but it’s true.  Whole grains help your gut, bowels and entire gastrointestinal system to function optimally, and when your GI system is healthy you’ll be less likely to suffer from inflammation or irritation.  Whole grains like oats, barley and others are also known to contain beta glucans  – a fiber that is capable of supporting strong immunity and reduced inflammation.  Similarly, polyphenols in oats and some seeds can also inhibit inflammatory responses in the body, and they have many antioxidant properties that can be beneficial to your immune system.

Another factor to consider is that many whole grains, including non-bleached rice, oats, hemp and others are very lean sources of nutrition.  Pastas, breads and cereals can be good sources for carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals but many of these are processed.  What’s more, added sugar, salt and other detrimental ingredients can render many conventional whole grain brands to be obsolete.  Whole grains like oats and hemp hearts are fantastic sources of energy, protein & carbohydrates without the sugars, salts, fats or processing chemicals. Eat some healthy whole grains every morning and get the energy & gastrointestinal support your body needs to be in tip-top internal shape.

3. Focus on lean protein sources

Reducing your intake of fatty foods is very important to avoid over burdening your body, freeing it up to defend itself from illness and injury.  Protein is one of the most up-and-down elements of many peoples’ diets – they’re either very healthy or very unhealthy.  Processed meats, high-salt proteins and high-trans fat proteins (fast food) can cause many health issues, not least of which is a suppressed immune system.

Eating lean, nutrient-rich proteins like fish, nuts, seeds, lentils, beans, some of the plant-based protein sources like hemp are considered by many nutritionists to be the best way to maintain a healthy diet, while still providing your body with enough protein & energy to fuel your active lifestyle.  Although it is often a touchy subject with many Americans, eating less red meats and factory-farmed proteins like poultry is critical to your personal health as well as well the long-term sustainability of the planet.

Not a fan of plant-based or alternative protein sources? To put it in perspective, hemp seeds have been proven to contain as much protein as beef or lamb without any of the same detractors to your health.  30 grams of hemp seed – the equivalent of 2 tablespoons – contains 11 grams of protein; the equivalent amount of lean beef contains around 7.5-8 grams of protein[1].  Include the essential amino acids, vitamins and healthy fats contained in hemp seeds and it becomes clear why this complete protein source is continuing to pave the way for a plant-based, protein future.

[1] https://www.labroots.com/trending/cannabis-sciences/18764/hemp-based-meat-contains-protein-beef

Focus on lean protein sources

4. Supplement whenever necessary

We’ll talk about vitamins & health supplements in more detail later on in this article, but basically what you need to remember with these kinds of products are they’re customizable, convenient and often provide direct access to a nutrient you might be deficient in.  Eating healthy takes a lot of constant hard work, and it’s only natural for you to slip up or lose sight of certain essential nutrients. You can easily increase your intake of targeted nutrients with vitamins or supplements without having to drastically change your diet.

Need some on-demand Vitamin C or D? Instead of eating a bag full of oranges or worrying about the weather report for some sunshine, a little Vitamin C powder in your water and some Vitamin D drops under the tongue will suffice.  Do you eat as well as your budget allows but struggle to get enough protein, minerals or calcium? Whipping up an almond milk & hemp protein shake can cover a lot of your nutritional bases and also fill you up for a healthy, lean snack.

Supplement Whenever Necessary

5. Limit the high-salts

It’s easier said than done to reduce the salt & fats we consume on a daily basis.  So many of our favorite fast food, snacks and guilty pleasures are saturated with fats and high sodium contents.  In fact, one of the reasons we crave these salty/fatty foods has to do with how our brains are wired. Salt is just one of many substances that can trigger dopamine releases in our brains, so everytime you eat a handful of chips, salted nuts or popcorn you’re activating neurotransmitters for reward/pleasure.

It’s only natural that once we’ve experienced the pleasures of salty snacks that our brains are apt to crave them even more.  Cravings for salty foods can also be a symptom/sign that you’re not drinking enough water (more on that in #7).  High-sodium intake over time can cause a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, greater risk of heart attack and heart disease, kidney failure and can contribute to various forms of cancer.  Additionally, too much salt in your diet can lead to decreased antibacterial responses, making you more susceptible to infections and illnesses.

What can you do to maintain a healthy amount of sodium in your diet? It’s not fun, because many of the most flavorful snacks, sauces, drinks and comfort foods we enjoy contain high volumes of salt.  Nonetheless, by limiting how much fast food, processed snacks you eat, and by keeping food additives like sauces, dressings, seasonings and such to a minimum you can manage a healthy balance of flavor & nutrition.

6. Manage your sugar & fats intake

Excess sugar and bad fats are easy to fall victim too, especially when you consider the sheer number of foods that include processed sugar.  Sugary snacks, treats, drinks and health supplements are an epidemic in today’s society – the average American can consume in excess of 75 lbs of sugar per year! To put it into context, in the 1800’s and early 1900’s the average amount of sugar consumed per annum was between 2-5 lbs.  These figures are staggering, and it’s not so sweet to find out that sugar is so prevalent that 74% of products in the US food supply contain caloric or low-calorie sweeteners, or both[1].

Ketchup, salad dressings, breads, cereals, vitamins and many supplements contain artificial sweeteners, many including processed sugar in dangerously high amounts (> 22.5 mg of sugar per 100 g/ml of food/beverage).  Consider the sheer number of energy drinks, caffeinated beverages and high-sugar drinks like soda that are available to all ages and it’s no wonder why many nutritionists are calling this “the age of the sugar epidemic”.

Foods that have a lot of bad fats are also very prevalent, mostly in the form of cheap/processed fast foods or saturated, fatty restaurant dishes.  What makes a fat “bad”? Trans fats, saturated fats and other forms that cannot be broken down by the body pose serious health risks like clogged arteries, obesity, diabetes and reduced immunity. Similar to high-salt foods, sugar and fatty foods induce serotonin responses in our brains, leading your body to crave these high-energy foods & beverages more than is necessary for your health.

If you’re capable of ingesting modest amounts of sugary/fatty foods and drinks, you’ll be much more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle.  Always remember: if something you eat is very tasty, satisfying and even addictive, ask yourself if it’s really necessary as a part of your diet.  Unfortunately, many of the sweetest & most savory foods we enjoy can be bad for your health.  So, it can take a lot of self-control, but think of your long-term health as being more important than short-term satisfaction of your taste buds.

[1] https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(15)00419-2/fulltext

Manage your sugar & fats intake

You’re probably already aware of the many high sugar & fatty types of food/beverages, but to avoid the health risks you need to strike a balance between healthy sources of natural sugars and good fats.  Foods that are high in omegas 3-6-9 like seeds, nuts, fish and flax or chia are excellent examples of healthy fats you need to include in your diet.  With sugar, try to avoid any sugary treats, beverages and snacks throughout the day.  It’s important to treat yourself once in a while, but that doesn’t mean consuming large amounts of sugar every day.  Even natural sources of sugar like fruits and vegetables can contribute to diabetes or obesity problems; it’s all about managing how much in addition to the source of the sugar you’re consuming.

7. Wash it all down with sufficient hydration

This one is easy.  No, really.  Every time you eat something, whether it’s a snack or a meal, follow it up with a full glass of water.  Same goes for your morning coffee/tea, or a late night pint with friends – for every glass of something else, drink a glass of water.  Think of water as the chaser for everything and you’ll never “forget to drink enough water”.

Already had your cup of java this morning? Have a glass of water.  Hungry for yogurt and banana for a post-breakfast, pre-lunch snack? Great, but wash it down with some H2O.  Full-to-bursting after a delicious three course meal? We bet it tasted amazing… now drink some water!  It can seem tedious, but if you stick to this simple trick for staying hydrated you’ll never falter in keeping your body’s liquids up to par.

Why is water so important? Besides the fact that our bodies are over 60% water contents, staying hydrated is essential to almost everything our bodies do – saliva, digestion, blood circulation, organ function, brain function, skin elasticity, temperature regulation and your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. 

Have you ever had a dehydrated headache, or felt so fatigued that you thought you might pass out? Lack of hydration can be as menial as soreness or fatigue, and as serious as organ failure and brain damage.  Drink enough fluids every day and your immune system will not have to work as hard – flushing your body of excess nutrients or potentially harmful substances is an important function of your bodily fluids.

Think of your body like a gas tank and water as the fuel – you can run on empty if you have to, but isn’t it safer, more efficient and better for performance if you keep it topped up at all times? Don’t get yourself in the deep waters of dehydration; drink water after food and other beverages.

Wash it all down with sufficient hydration

These might sound obvious to some of you, but it’s surprising how many people lose track of their poor diets.  Common sense tells us that we need to eat lots of healthy, wholesome foods everyday and drink plenty of water. Nevertheless, in the daily-grind and chaos of our busy lives, who has the time, money and energy to constantly manage every morsel of food/drink they consume? You can too if you stick to these easy-to-follow, simple steps to eating better.

If you stay committed to these 7 healthy eating habits we’ve provided in tandem with a balanced diet of the 7 food groups, we’re confident you will worry less about falling ill because of your strong immune system.

THE BEST VITAMINS FOR IMMUNITY

TO SUPPLEMENT? OR NOT TO SUPPLEMENT?… THERE IS NO QUESTION!

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to take vitamins and supplements because the food we ate would provide 100% of the essential nutrients we need.  As nice as that would be, it’s simply not realistic, and not to anyone’s fault or lack of effort.  Food producers today face unprecedented challenges in meeting the ever-increasing demands of unstoppable population growth across the globe.  Just growing/producing enough sustenance is difficult on its own, and when you factor in the costs associated with food production it’s clear why maximizing nutritional value is not high on this industry’s list.

Do you take vitamins, supplements or food-replacement products already? If so, what made you try them in the first place?

For most people, their first supplements experience is brought on by a medical need – an injury while working out, a lingering cold or flu they just couldn’t overcome, or a sudden deficiency in their diet that impedes their quality of life.  There are so many product types that can be used to replace food, support medicines/treatments or taken as a supplement for general health & wellness.

One of the biggest criticisms of supplements today has to do with some of their synthetic production.  Many run-of-the-mill health & fitness supplements can come from questionable sources, or contain potentially harmful chemicals from being extracted or processed.  Some people decry the use of supplements as being suitable for helping people improve their health, but not all supplements are created equally.

 

Naturally, the best choice for health supplements, vitamins and remedies is… well, natural products.

We think natural products are the way to go – especially during global pandemics, when all of us could use a boost in the immunity department that is safe, effective and naturally-derived.  Apparently, millions of Americans agree – over 77% of the U.S. adult population reported using supplements in the past year, at least (CRN Consumer Survey, 2019).  Vitamins and multivitamins continue to lead the pack in terms of sales, but certain naturally-sourced products like CBD oil, alternative caffeine sources (herbal teas) and plant-based proteins + superfood powders are surging up the leaderboard.

Naturally, the best choice for Health supplements, Vitamins and Remedies Is... Well, Natural Products.

Dietary supplements and health products in general do suffer from a lack of support from many of the regulatory bodies, but that does not mean they lack credibility.  A lot of naturally-derived products, like hemp CBD, have roots in ancient medicine and have been used for many different things for hundreds (if not thousands) of years.  It seems like many of today’s natural supplements aren’t deprived of fanfare from millions of people, they’re simply lagging behind in terms of official research.

You certainly shouldn’t assume that because a product claims to be natural that it is safe & effective – this is the primary reason why regulators like the FDA warn the American populace that the product claims don’t often match up with the reality of the product efficacies.  You always have to be careful when taking a new supplement, vitamin or even pharmaceutical; starting with a low dose and slowly introducing a new product into your routine is considered to be practice.  Also, it makes sense to discuss any new health supplements you’re thinking of taking with your healthcare practitioner – their advice will always be considered to have the most authority.

All things considered, you have the right to choose what goes into your body. So, if you’re confident in some health supplements that aren’t up-to-par with the latest regulations just be sure to experiment carefully, slowly and pay close attention to what your body/brain are communicating to you.

There are quite a few categories of natural health supplements, so we broke them down for you into their raw elements to help you choose which ones suit your needs best.

NATURAL BEAUTY & WELLNESS

Products like herbal creams, natural ingredients salves/gels, organic & GMO-free cosmetics, chemical-free shampoos & conditioners, and a whole bathroom-full of natural spa products are already on the market so there’s no shortage of natural beauty products for you to choose from.  Natural beauty is growing in popularity because of many of the traditional cosmetics/wellness products’ missteps in including some very toxic ingredients, cruel testing on animals, and the rising costs of these conventional products. 

Millions of women and men across the world want the products that make them look/feel beautiful to reflect the same kinds of earth-friendly ideas that they do.  Naturally-derived cosmetics and personal care products are the way forward, and the future looks as bright as the people who use these kinds of products.

We’ve covered these topics in great detail over the years.  Here’s some other recommended reading for natural beauty & wellness:​

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NATURAL FITNESS SUPPLEMENTS

Gone are the days of steak-and-potatoes before every game, injecting oneself with steroids and putting your body through a hellish gauntlet of weights-on-weights every single day.  The modern fitness enthusiast and athletes across the globe are turning to more natural pre- and post-workouts, protein sources, dietary supplements and relief from pain & inflammation.  Whether you need to boost your muscle gain, help in recovering after strenuous exercise, or are looking to supplement some of the more difficult-to-obtain nutrients in your diet, natural fitness supplements have paved the way for a safe & sustainable active lifestyle.

The landscape for natural fitness supplements is ever-expanding, but the most common types of these safe & effective products exist in supergreens, plant-based proteins, amino acids like L-glutamine, or even performance boosting supplements like L-theanine for stress or CBD for sleep before a big day.  Natural remedies like Arnica gel, MSM and turmeric for relaxing inflamed muscles are also very popular for today’s athletes, with many people turning to herbal or plant-based medicines because they are safe to take on-demand.

We’ve covered these topics in great detail over the years.  Here’s some other recommended reading for natural fitness supplements:

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Natural Fitness Supplements

NATURAL VITAMINS & DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS

These products are probably the most commonly used, and you’ve likely heard of (or tried) these kinds of natural products already.  Multivitamins, omegas, proteins, supergreens or superfruits, and all the individual vitamins from A – K can be found in capsules, tablets, gel caps or powders.  Many of these kinds of supplements are naturally-derived from fruit, vegetables and some animal sources, but the key trend with these natural vitamins & supplements is that they’re made from the food you’d be eating, just in concentrated forms.  The best vitamins for immunity are typically thought of as being vitamin C and vitamin D, but you shouldn’t sleep on your B vitamins, vitamin E or beta carotene. 

Each vitamin has its specific uses/benefits, but taking them all together can lead to a bevvy of cooperative effects on your system as a whole – such as reduced stress, anxiety, pain and inflammation which can contribute to your overall strengthened immunity.

This speaks to the major reason for taking vitamins or supplements – ensuring you’re getting enough of the essential nutrients your body needs to operate efficiently.  Whether your diet is strictly managed or not, you still might not be getting all the vitamin C, beta carotene, iron, or protein that you need to optimize your health.  Food is not always the best source of nutrition, especially if you’re buying something processed or synthetically produced.  So, even if you think you eat healthy it’s still a good idea to get checked out for what you might be deficient in and take vitamins or supplements to balance yourself out.

We’ve covered these topics in great detail over the years.  Here’s some other recommended reading for natural vitamins & supplements:

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Natural Vitamins & Dietary Supplements

STRENGTHEN YOUR IMMUNITY TODAY, NOT TOMORROW

TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE IN THESE TOUGH TIMES, YOU’VE GOT TO BE TOUGHER

It’s important to remember that these suggestions can benefit your health in general terms, but it’s up to YOU to figure out what works best in terms of boosting your immunity. Being in good physical shape, eating healthy, sleeping consistently and maintaining positive mental health might seem like common sense, but they collectively contribute to how capable your body is at fighting off infections, illnesses and preventing injuries.

Strengthening your immunity shouldn’t be something you only do in the face of sickness or disease – it’s a long-term pursuit of being ever-vigilant and proactive.  The best defense is a good offense, as they say, so instead of just protecting yourself it is important to get ahead of the cold/flu season or preemptively boost your immune system when you think you might be exposed to illnesses & infections like the Coronavirus.

This article has presented a lot of options for you to supplement your immunity with a healthy diet, active lifestyle and natural health products.  It might seem like a lot to consider at first, but if you tackle each of these elements of your health, over time you’ll realize that living a healthy life isn’t difficult at all – it’s merely a learning curve.

Strengthen your Immunity Today, not Tomorrow

Whatever you choose to do to stay healthy, we hope you’re being safe in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19 this Fall.  Don’t forget to stay safe, stay informed and stay positive in the midst of these unsettling times.  If we work together to fight through this pandemic, we’ll come out of 2020 as a stronger society – and strength is what is needed for us to move forward.  Determination, conviction and committing to doing what is right doesn’t just apply to preventing the spread of Coronavirus, and there are many more important things going on in the world that need your attention and commitment.  Let’s stay strong against COVID-19 today by working hard to rid the world of this terrible virus, so that we can focus on fixing the problems inherent in society for tomorrow.

FAQ’s

What can I do to keep myself healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic means a lot of things, but chief among them is to maintain good health.  Supporting balanced nutrition, activity & fitness and good mental health is critical to improving your immune system and therefore your chances at fighting off this widespread virus.  These are long-term measures that will not only aid your immune system against COVID-19 but any cold/flu or lurking sicknesses in your area.  Short-term, it is very important to take the necessary precautions to limit your exposure to the virus, as well as reducing your chances of spreading it to others that might have more compromised immune systems.  Practicing social distancing, sanitizing and washing your hands frequently, and wearing masks wherever appropriate are just a few of the way in which you can stay healthy and keep others safe.

Does drinking alcohol reduce immunity and resistance to COVID-19?

Alcohol does not have a direct relationship with COVID-19, but consuming alcohol does not have any positive effects on the brain/body.  Therefore, it is safe to say that drinking alcohol does not improve your chances of resisting Coronavirus, nor does alcohol benefit your immune system in any capacity.

Do people develop immunity to the Coronavirus after being infected?

To this point, evidence suggests that there is no correlation between being infected with Coronavirus and developing complete immunity to the virus and its future strains.  Due to a number of variables, determining immunity takes a lot of time & research, so we likely won’t understand COVID-19 immunity until the near future.

What is a healthy diet during the Coronavirus pandemic?

Diets & nutrition are very diverse and personal – what works for you may not be appropriate for others, and vice versa.  The important thing that everyone can learn from is the concept of balancing a healthy diet with sustained physical & mental activity.  Eating well will not do you as much good if you’re not staying fit of body and sound of mind; on the flip side, working out and being active can lead nowhere if you don’t support these activities with a healthy diet.  Managing your intake of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and other essential nutrients is the key to supporting your immune system, but don’t forget to supplement your diet whenever necessary.

Are masks effective against the Coronavirus disease?

Masks and appropriate PPE can certainly be helpful against contracting and/or spreading the Coronavirus.  However, it is important to understand that simply wearing a mask does not guarantee your safety or the safety of others – masks are meant to be one of many protective measures that contribute to reduced contamination of COVID-19. 

Can Coronavirus spread through food?

Although it does not appear to be transferable through animals or fruits/vegetables, COVID-19 can rest on surfaces and infect a person through contact.  This risk of contamination includes food and beverages.  If an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches food/drink they might pass on the virus to whomever consumes it.  Even just touching a COVID-19 contaminated surface can be enough to transfer the virus to another person, so ingesting the virus is not your only concern. For these reasons, it is imperative that anyone with symptoms or who has potentially come into contact with an infected person(s) must quarantine for the minimum 14-day period.  Also, sterilizing surfaces and maintaining a very clean environment is critical in the food service industry, on top of managing personal hygiene.

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